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Greenovate Boston’s Upcycling Panel

Each year, Americans throw out close to 3000 pounds of waste. Come hear about how some Bostonians are reinventing trash as treasure, from transforming unused shipping containers to hydroponic farms, old t-shirts into quilts, and how you can upcycle e-waste & retired electronics into charitable giving without writing a check.

How does upcycling compare to recycling? How do shipping containers become hydroponic farms and old t-shirts turn into quilts? How does upcycling electronics create funding for non-profits and charities?

Join us at District Hall, Tuesday September 16 from 6-7:30 PM to hear from a panel of Boston entrepreneurs and experts who are transforming trash into treasure!

Speakers include:

Brooke Nash (MassDEP), Municipal Waste Reduction Branch Chief

Brad McNamara (Freight Farms), CEO/Founder, Freight Farms

Ross Lohr (Project RePat), CEO/Founder, Project RePat

Julie Shane (Causes International), CEO/Founder, Causes International

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Upcycle Fest: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Have an old TV you want to get rid of? How about that PC that is taking up closet space? Brooklyn  residents and businesses are in luck! Dump your old electronics at Prospect Park on October 27-28.
Businesses, Schools, Individuals…. Upcycle for free and help support the New York City Parks.
Clean out your desk drawers, closets and office shelves and join thousands of New Yorkers for Upcycle FestTM! Bring your outdated electronics to Prospect Park, Sunday, October 27th, and Monday, October 28th and drop them into the designated trucks where they will find a new life after being Upcycled. This sustainable solution to the buildup of old electronics helps to decrease the negative global impact that throwing out devices has on our environment, all while helping to support City Parks Foundation and Prospect Park Alliance.
“Every New Yorker I know has old cell phones and electronics that they don’t know how to dispose of,” said Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to offer a safe and environmentally friendly option for people to recycle these items at no cost and by doing so support the work City Parks Foundation does throughout the five boroughs.”
The Upcycle program is run by Causes International, a green cause company committed to environmental stewardship and charitable giving. Upcycling creates funding for non-profits and charities by extending the life cycle of donated consumer and corporate IT electronics. The process is safe, secure, and guarantees 100% data destruction while preventing items from going into landfills, poisoning the planet and all that inhabit it.
“Prospect Park is the perfect location for Upcycle Fest™ and we are very excited to be an integral part of the first one in New York City,” said Emily Lloyd, President of the Prospect Park Alliance.  “Upcycling in Prospect Park allows New Yorkers an opportunity to recycle their old electronics sustainably, while at the same time raise funds that help the Alliance maintain ball fields and playgrounds, restore historical structures and landscapes, and protect wildlife habitats.”
Sunday, October 27th 9am - 2pm
            3rd Street Entrance off Prospect Park West - walk-ins
            Willink Entrance -Drive-in drop-offs
            Grand Army Plaza safety zone - walk-ins
Monday, October 28th 8am - 2pm
            3rd Street Entrance off Prospect Park West - walk-ins
            Willink Entrance - Drive-in drop-offs
            Grand Army Plaza safety zone - walk-ins
            Bartel Pritchard Lot - walk-ins on Monday only
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their neighborhood parks.  Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
The Prospect Park Alliance (PPA) partners with the City of New York and the community to make Prospect Park the beautiful place Brooklynites know and love. We care for the natural environment; preserve historic design; provide facilities; and host events, programs, and activities throughout the year for all New Yorkers.
Causes International (CI) Causes International is a green cause Upcycle company, that turns e-waste into funding for non-profits, charities, and foundations without anyone writing a check. Causes’ Upcycling programs bridge environmental stewardship, sustainability, and philanthropy and provide organizations turn-key solutions at no cost.
What can you bring to Upcycle Fest™?  Below is the scope of products collected:
  • Apple products (all)
  • Cellphones (all makes and models)
  • Smartphones
  • Computers (desktop and laptop)
  • Cable/Satellite Receiver
  • Commercial Printers
  • Computer Peripherals (Keyboards and Mice)
  • Consumer Printers
  • Cathode Ray Tubes
  • CRT Monitor
  • CRT TV smaller than 40 inches
  • CRT TV 40 inches or Larger
  • Digital Picture Frames
  • Digital Converter Box
  • DVD Player
  • DVR/Tivo
  • E-Reader
  • Fax Machine
  • Flat Panel Monitor
  • Flat Screen TV smaller than 40 inches
  • Flat Screen TV 40 inches or Larger
  • Gaming Consoles
  • Video Games
  • Handheld Audio/Video
  • iPod/MP3 Players
  • Notebooks (Laptops)
  • Scanners
  • Monitors
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • TV’s
  • Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Small Server
  • VCRs
  • Wire (Cords from Compliant Devices)
Contact: Nora Lanning / City Parks Foundation /[email protected].org /
(212) 360-8205
Contact: Eric Landau / Prospect Park Alliance /[email protected] / (718) 965-8953

Contact for information about Upcycling: Julie Shane / Causes International / / (781) 444-8800

Fenway Park Cellphone Collection for Jimmy Fund Month


In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Jimmy Fund, The Boston Red Sox is hosting an in-park Upcycling collection program taking place during the month of August to create funding for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research.

Red Sox fans are asked to Upcycle their outgrown cellphones, such as smartphones, (even those with shattered screens.) Upcycle collection receptacles or Upcycling reps. will be available at all five entrance gates during/for the next 12 games at Fenway Park.

Can’t make it to any of the games? Fans can still support the Jimmy Fund/Red Sox by spreading the word to friends and family, by donating their cellphones, laptops, tablets, iPods and more online through this link:

Get your free FedEx shipping label and help conquer cancer! Upcycling cellphones is an eco-friendly way to make a contribution to The Jimmy Fund without writing a check, so Upcycle today!



High School Student Upcycles for the JDRF

Wellesley Massachusetts high school student, Luke Arney, wanted raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help his ailing brother who lives with the disease. Luke started an Upcycle Fundraiser to create funds for this cause to try to find a cure. By Upcycling retired smartphones, laptops, and tablets, Luke was able to raise almost $700 in a couple of weeks; all without asking for money from donors.

He contacted Causes International and started an Upcycling campaign within minutes. CI provided him with promotional materials and a custom web link to his fundraiser. He spread the word by posting the flyers in school and the local library.

In addition to raising funds, he was able to keep 20+ devices out of landfills and prevented thousands of cancer-causing e-Waste toxins from polluting the planter.

Next Steps?

Luke is launching an online Upcycling campaign to raise even more for Juvenile Diabetes Research with an incentive– for every 25 Upcycle donations, CI will donate a $25 gift card to be won by the pool of Upcycle participants. To help Luke and the JDRF, Upcycle your retired device by clicking on the link below. Upcycling is free to all participants and includes free UPS shipping.

Start your own Upcycle campaign today! Turn e-Waste into charitable giving and help protect the environment.



Help Raise Funds for the Red Cross and Win an iPad Mini!

Causes International is giving away an iPad Mini! Why such a great prize? We want to raise money for the Red Cross for the Tornado disaster relief in Oklahoma. We also want people to Upcycle their old devices so they don’t end up in the landfill and pollute the water and soil. You can do all this without writing a check!


If you Upcycle 1 device you will get 10 entries to win! Don’t have a device you can donate? That’s okay! Help us spread the word and you can enter to win too. You can follow us on Twitter (2 entries), Like our page on Facebook (2 entries), or Tweet about us (2 entries daily per tweet).

Upcycling is so easy. Data destruction is 100% guaranteed and HIPAA compliant.

1. Go to this Red Cross Fundraiser link
2. Enter Device info
3. Print FREE UPS shipping label and ship
4. Use your confirmation number to enter to win the iPad mini

Enter Here to Win the iPad Mini!

or visit our Facebook giveaway page.
What devices will give the most to the Red Cross?
Any Apple product (iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks), smartphones (3 years or newer), tablets, and Laptops.


Top 5 Reasons to Upcycle

Need a reason to Upcycle (donate) your old iPhone, iPad, or Laptop? Are these devices collecting dust? Is your 2009 laptop an unreliable doorstop? Do you think your shattered-screened iPhone is worthless? Here are the top 5 reasons why you should Upcycle your smartphones, tablets, laptops, or IOS devices for a good cause.

5. You want to make room in your junk drawer.
Does your desk look like it’s growing tentacles of wires? It’s time to clean out your junk drawer. What? You have a bunch of old smartphones that have been sitting there since your whole family upgraded to the latest and greatest? Perfect! Upcycle them and choose a charity or cause to benefit. Think about it; the desk will be clean, the money can fund something important, and now you have a teaching moment with your kids about the importance of helping others without writing a check. (And bragging to the hippy neighbors about how “green” your family is becoming won’t hurt either.)

4. You are about to upgrade to the new iPhone 6 or latest Blackberry.
The average person upgrades to a new smartphone every 18 months. Last year 80 million iPhones were sold (and even more Android smartphones). That means if everyone who buys the iPhone 6 and Upcycles their iPhone 4 or 5 to charity, it could raise… wait gotta get my calculator… hmm… the numbers don’t go that high. Let’s just say there are a lot of zeros! Think about what that money could do for your favorite non-profit, school or organization!

3. You need to move on.
Hanging on to those old text messages from your ex? There is a reason they didn’t carry over to your new phone. The Digital Gods are giving you a message… move on. Upcycle that phone! It will be therapeutic! You can do it! Think of the good it can do for your favorite charity. And don’t worry about anyone else ever reading the remnants of your past love… all data is swiped and data destruction is 100% guaranteed!

2. You don’t want our future generations to have 3 eyes.
Okay maybe 3 eyes are from some horror movie I watched recently, but the e-Waste health hazards that these devices create by polluting our environment is a REAL issue. Over 400,000 cellphones are thrown out EVERY DAY. Only 13% percent of those are recycled. The rest sit in landfills all around the world and seep cancer-causing toxins into the water and land. We can prevent that! Give that device an extra long life by Upcycling!

1. You want to make a difference.
All kidding aside, you truly can make a difference by Upcycling your outdated devices. It’s the free way to be green and help out a charity. It’s super easy. Whether it’s just Upcycling online or starting an Upcycling fundraiser for that 5k you’ve been training for. There is no cost, shipping is free, and it’s 100% tax deductible. Join other well-known and reputable groups (The Jimmy Fund, Boy Scout councils across the country, Bacardi, etc.) and jump on the Upcycle bandwagon!

For more information go to or give us a call (781) 444-8800. Start Upcycling today. Don’t see your charity you want to donate to? Let us know and we will add it.

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Press Release: The Jimmy Fund and CI

Upcycling outdated electronics helps conquer cancer! Used laptops and iPhones create hope and funding for those fighting for a cure.

“Don’t Dump it…Donate it” Upcycle Campaign Inspires Donations”

Needham Heights, MA- Within hours of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund kicking-off their Earth Day electronics Upcycling campaign donations of iPhones and laptops started streaming in. These items convert to much needed financial support for Dana Farber and The Jimmy Fund to continue ground-breaking efforts to cure and care for a variety of cancers. Upcycling electronics is an eco-friendly way for individuals and businesses to support charities without writing a check. Outgrown electronic devices and gadgets can be donated online and shipping is FREE giving donors a unique way to support the causes they care about while protecting the environment. With over 400,000 cell phones thrown away each day hundreds of thousands of potential donors have the opportunity to do incredible good without expending a dollar.

“We have seen great reception from individuals and enterprise organizations that are excited about Upcycling. People understand that Upcycling is good for charity and good for the environment because it keeps electronics in the active life stream and out of landfills…Upcycling helps everyone-including the donor who doesn’t have to write a check or pay for recycling.” —Julie Shane, Causes International CEO & Founder

The partnership between the Jimmy Fund and Causes International, Inc., is one of many new alliances the company has recently formed that includes Fitness Feeds for Feeding America, and Brandeis University for the Shalupe Foundation. Individuals can also donate to other charities such as, The One Fund in support of the Boston Marathon victims. Florida based Barcardi USA, is also Upcycling for Make-a-Wish Foundation for corporate responsibility month.

Causes International is a green cause marketing company with a unique web based Upcycling platform created to enable non-profits a new way to engage their base of supporters by accepting online donations of outdated electronic devices. Causes International also empowers donors who want to fundraise for a cause by providing custom Upcycle fundraising pages. A simple online registration process is all that is required. Once registered, both non-profits and individuals complete a simple fundraiser template and can begin accepting online donations of outdated electronics in minutes.

Businesses and corporations can also support their favorite charities by Upcycling outdated company equipment and hosting employee Upcycle events.

“Sustainability departments feel confident working with us. We guarantee strict methods for data destruction, are HIPAA compliant, report the disposition of every item by model number and tell our corporate partners the positive environmental impact of Upcycling. Our safe and secure process makes it easy for businesses to contribute to charities by Upcycling.” –Kitty Schrow Dowd, Vice President of Business Development.

To find out more about Upcycling used electronics


email: [email protected]

voice: 781-444-8800.